Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 53, No. 329, March, 1843 eBook

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THE GOOD AND THE BEAUTIFUL.

    Foster the Good, and thou shalt tend the Flower
      Already sown on earth;—­
    Foster the Beautiful, and every hour
      Thou call’st new flowers to birth!

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TO ——.

    Give me that which thou know’st—­I’ll receive and attend;—­
    But thou giv’st me thyself—­pri’thee spare me, my friend.

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GENIUS.

    That which hath been can INTELLECT declare,
      What Nature built—­it imitates or gilds—­
    And REASON builds o’er Nature—­but in air—­
      Genius alone in Nature—­Nature builds.

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CORRECTNESS—­(Free translation.)

    The calm correctness where no fault we see
    Attests Art’s loftiest—­or its least degree;
    Alike the smoothness of the surface shows
    The Pool’s dull stagnor—­the great Sea’s repose!

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THE IMITATOR.

    Good out of good—­that art is known to all—­
    But Genius from the bad the good can call—­
    Thou, mimic, not from leading strings escaped,
    Work’st but the matter that’s already shaped! 
    The already shaped a nobler hand awaits—­
    All matter asks a spirit that creates.

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THE MASTER.

    The herd of Scribes by what they tell us
    Show all in which their wits excel us;
    But the true Master we behold
    In what his art leaves—­just untold!

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TO THE MYSTIC.

    That is the real mystery which around
      All life, is found;—­
    Which still before all eyes for aye has been,
      Nor eye hath seen!

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ASTRONOMICAL WORKS.

    All measureless, all infinite in awe,
      Heaven to great souls is given—­
    And yet the sprite of littleness can draw
      Down to its inch—­the Heaven!

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THE DIVISION OF RANKS.

    Yes, there’s a patent of nobility
      Above the meanness of our common state;
    With what they do the vulgar natures buy
      Its titles—­and with what they are, the great!

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THEOPHANY.

    When draw the Prosperous near me, I forget
      The gods of heaven; but where
    Sorrow and suffering in my sight are set,
      The gods, I feel, are there!

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